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“Having a laugh”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of El Pi Antic

El Pi Antic
Ranked #7,627 of 9,411 Restaurants in Barcelona
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
London
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Having a laugh”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We've been going here for years, so don't understand some of the negative reviews. The food is good quality. Shame you can't book online. The staff are fun - if you suffer from sense-of-humour failure this isn't for you. If you like a joke then the waiters can be very funny - a lot of teasing. It's not modern cooking with a twist - just value for money in a lovely setting. We always make a point of going when we're in Barcelona, even with the huge increase in high-end modern restaurants.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank BirthdayBoyLondon
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Wellington, Florida
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

I don't know why other travelers have had bad reviews. This place has amazing food and the staff are extremely friendly. We came in when no one else was here and the waiter was also the cook. I can't say enough how good the food was.

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Thank vball777
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Sassari, Italy
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117 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Amazing interiors but pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 2012 in BCN, we wanted to find a place to celebrate Christmas with a special dinner and found this place while wandering about Barrio Gotico. The façade and the interiors really attracted us since it resembles an ancient medieval castle. Well, this is all it is about! Basically the food and servings are overrated I guess! We spent a fortune and didn't eat that much. My daughter opted for croquettas de pollo (Chicken fingers), which proved to be slimy and tasteless. We adults chose paella and fish soup and a selection of tapas and tortillas and, to tell the truth ,the fish paella wasn't that bad even if served on a burnt and overused greasy pan. We washed the food down with sangria, but the price we paid was beyond expectation! Anyways the waiter who served us was very kind but the man I assumed was the owner was kind of careless! Another tourist trap in BCN I will avoid.. But it was Christmas so.. Let's just be good..

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank LellaSS
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Chicago
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great little spot in the Barri Gotic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

My husband and I were visiting Barcelona for a few days in July. We happened upon this restaurant when we decided to break free of the touristy La Rambla. El Pi Antic is located just east, and it is a neat walk through alleyways and little plazas. We enjoyed the sangria, some delicious tapas, and osso bucca. We were happy with our meal, and it was affordable.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank tripgrl727272
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Terrible place!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

We were forced into this place as the rain suddenly hit hard but, in retrospect, we would have been better off walking on and getting soaked. We found our own table as noone bothered to show us to one. As to the food....it was truly awful. We ordered some tapas plates...the chicken croquettes proved to be grey slime in breadcrumbs, the squid straight out of the freezer, the spanish omlette was tasteless and the whole appalling meal came to over 40 euros! The waiter slammed the food down and when he collected the plates, his method of asking whether it was ok consisted of barking, "Good, yes!"
The location is good and the building beautiful, old and authentic; it's such a pity everything else is lousy. Avoid at all costs!!

  • Visited July 2012
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3 Thank Valerie-Parry
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